Eurocopter Selects GNAT Pro for Military Helicopter ARINC 653 Project
NEW YORK, PARIS and TOULOUSE, France, November 29, 2011 - Certification Together Conference – AdaCore, provider of Ada tools and expertise for the mission-critical, safety-critical, and security-critical software communities, today announced that Eurocopter has chosen the GNAT Pro High-Integrity Edition for development of an ARINC-653 demonstrator for military helicopters. The demonstrator will provide military interfaces and operational functions within a time- and memory-partitioned ARINC-653 architecture.
The GNAT Pro High-Integrity Edition for DO-178B will be used to port military avionics operational functions and Ada software drivers onto an ARINC-653 platform. The objectives of the project are twofold: to demonstrate Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) capabilities at the test rig level in the military domain, and to provide an ARINC-653 platform to capture technical and process requirements for following IMA military projects.
The GNAT Pro High-Integrity Edition for DO-178B is an enhanced version of the GNAT Pro Ada development environment, designed for building safe and secure software. In addition to some of its toolchain features, specifically developed for the highest levels of safety, it includes qualifiable tools (coding standard checker, static stack size analyzer) that help reduce the cost of developing and certifying systems that have to meet safety standards such as DO-178B. Key to achieving this goal is the product’s fully configurable and customizable run-time library. Units can be selected in an a la carte fashion, thus limiting the run-time library to just those units that are required for the Ada features used in the application, while also making it possible to adapt their implementation, if desired.
Founded in 1994, AdaCore is the leading provider of commercial software solutions for Ada, a state-of-the-art programming language designed for large, long-lived applications where safety, security, and reliability are critical. AdaCore’s flagship product is the GNAT Pro development environment, which comes with expert on-line support and is available on more platforms than any other Ada technology. AdaCore has an extensive world-wide customer base; see http://www.adacore.com/home/company/customers/ for further information.
Ada and GNAT Pro continue to see a growing usage in high-integrity and safety-certified applications, including commercial aircraft avionics, military systems, air traffic management/control, railroad systems, and medical devices, and in security-sensitive domains such as financial services.
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Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace, defense and related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approximately 17,500 people. In 2010, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world’s number one helicopter manufacturer in the civil and parapublic market with a turnover of 4.8 billion Euros, orders for 346 new helicopters and a 49 percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. Overall, the Group’s helicopters account for 33 percent of the total worldwide civil and parapublic fleet. Eurocopter’s strong worldwide presence is ensured by its 30 subsidiaries and participations on five continents, along with a dense network of distributors, certified agents and maintenance centers. There are currently 11,200 Eurocopter helicopters in service and some 2,900 customers in 147 countries. Eurocopter offers the largest civil and military helicopter range in the world.